Gràcia is home to one of Barcelona’s most famous tourism destinations: the Park Güell. However, more important to the culture of Gracia are the relaxed plaças, the variety of charming cafés and restaurants, and the narrow streets into which it is all packed. It is considered to be one of the most bohemian areas of Barcelona, with regular musical and artistic events.
The residents of Gràcia are bonded not so much by age or wealth as they are by a shared lifestyle. The area is popular with students, and yet is equally full of young families and friendly groups of retirees. What they have in common tends to be a love of the area and its artistic interest.
When people ask where you live in Gràcia, the most accurate information you can give is your nearest “plaça”. That is because they practically define the area, and are the social hub at all hours. On weekdays they are quiet, with people reading, chatting and smoking in the many small cafés, or buying fruit in the fruiterias. Then on weekend evenings they turn into an extension of the bars that surround them, with people spilling out to line the steps, talk, drink and listen to music until the small hours of the morning. They change again on Sunday mornings, returning to their previous stillness, before young families descend to frolic in the sun, and the coffee drinkers return to their cafés.
The plaças’ ability to host family life and parties in equal part makes them truly representative of Gràcia as an area.
Gràcia is often considered the most bohemian of Barcelona’s barrios.
It has an extremely varied selection of bars, many of which stock unusual craft beers which you may struggle to find in other areas of the city. It is also host to multiple small, interesting music nights, where up-and-coming artists play to intimate and enthusiastic crowds, often in a mixture of Catalan, Spanish, and English.
While some might like to go to Las Ramblas for their shopping, Gràcia offers a much wider and more interesting range of stores than the high-street brands which are available in so many other European cities. Almost no street is entirely residential, and you can walk past an independent clothes shop and barely realise it’s there. And it’s not just clothes: Gràcia’s boutique stores also include music, exciting foods and snacks, arts, and much more.
As one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions, the Park Güell almost goes without saying. Perhaps the most iconic photograph of Barcelona, taken by thousands of people every year (if not more), is that of the city, viewed from the Park. Surrounded by Gaudí’s twisted and exciting architecture, the Park is a truly magical place to spend a day – or indeed an evening, when entry becomes free.
Gràcia’s unpredictable style extends to its apartments, due to the non-uniform shapes of the streets. Modernist or more traditional: you can find whatever you want in Gràcia, but it’s worth knowing you should expect to pay less there than in other, more touristic areas.
Despite being the smallest barrio, Gràcia contains 4 metro stops – Lesseps and Fontana on L3, and Joanic and Verdaguer on L4. It is also well-served by buses, and the efficiency of both of these systems mean that you should be able to get pretty much anywhere in the city within 35 minutes.
The district of Gràcia is the sixth district of the city, and includes the ancient “Villa de Gràcia”, a historic area which joined and left Barcelona many times before finally joining for good in 1897. It is Barcelona’s smallest district with an area of 4.19km2, but it also has the second highest population density of the city’s barrios. Its history of independence has meant that it retains a very distinct atmosphere from other areas of the city.
When we asked our tourist guides, this was the most highly recommended destination for long-term rent/sale. It is away from mass tourism and still keeps the charm of Catalan culture with a variety of plazas dotted around. It still maintains a lively atmosphere, for example it hosts the oldest festival in Barcelona once a year.
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